Stanmore residents have been left disappointed by the removal of two safer neighbourhood police officers from the area.
PC Whittle and PC Foster have been moved to new roles and locations, and many have been affected by the loss of their presence in the community.
Stanmore resident Daniel Flower, 43, has set up a petition to bring the two officers back, as he believes they transformed the area and helped to keep crime rates low.
Daniel told StanmoreNews: “They knew almost everybody and went above and beyond. They both took it beyond just crime and got involved day to day with helping people. We have lost the sense of community spirit since they have gone.”
The two officers, who worked in Stanmore’s safer neighbourhood team for over a year, have not been replaced and Daniel believes that crime in the area has gone up since their removal.
Daniel credits PC Whittle and PC Foster with saving his life, believing he would not be here today without the great work of the two safer neighbourhood officers.
He said: “I suffered from terrible depression after losing one of my dogs last year, they went out of their way to help me and make me feel safe. I wasn’t coping, I was having suicidal thoughts. The two officers just happened to come at the right time. It wasn’t just once they helped me, they followed it up with random visits to make sure I was okay. I felt more support from them than I did from my doctor.”
The petition to bring PC Whittle and PC Foster back to Stanmore has already gained over 65 signatures, and many residents have left comments expressing their disappointment at the news.
To sign the petition or read more visit change.org/p/commissioner-cressida-dick-bring-back-officers-whittle-and-foster